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Old 02-26-2009, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Kearny
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Hello,
Recently, when I went to visit my parents, they told they have a bill of $450 for PSE&G. They are renting the 2nd floor and the owner of the house lives in the first and he illegally rents the basement and attic.
The problem is that about a year ago, my father discovered the people who lived in the attic were stealing his electricity so when we called an investigator from PSE&G he got mad that we didn't inform him someone was coming to check. After that, those people moved out and owner had an electrician disconnect and reassure my parents that this wouldn't happened again.

Now, this year my dad's electricity triples from what it was last year, not so much the heating but the electricity. We are suspecting that there is some illegal connections going on in the basement because we heard that they have electric heaters. WHen we called PSE&G they said is ok is normal as prices gone up.
We called again and finally they say an investigator will come and check.
What should we do? Has anyone ever had a problem like this and how can you prove it?

Please advise,
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Old 02-26-2009, 06:19 PM
 
Location: Bergen co.
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Can you get separate meters for each floor or each section of the house, that way things should clear up quickly
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Old 02-26-2009, 09:07 PM
 
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Stop renting it out. Sell whole house and buy a smaller, more affordable one.
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Old 02-26-2009, 11:45 PM
 
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Originally Posted by todd72173 View Post
Stop renting it out. Sell whole house and buy a smaller, more affordable one.
The are the renters not the owner.
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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In my state, theft of public utilities is a crimiinal offense.
Whoever is doing it can be prosecuted.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Jersey
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Move or Sue.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:16 AM
 
Location: New Milford, NJ
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Is the 2nd floor rental also illegal, ie, your parents are also renting illegally? If not, I wouldn't pay the landlord the rent, I would deduct the amount of the electric bill from it and refuse to pay it, let him absorb that cost and if he doesn't like it tell him you'll call the town and report that he's renting illegally, in which case the town will come inspect and he'll get in trouble and the other tenants will be out on their keisters!!
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